Creative Schools Ambassador Event

Children from schools participating in the Creative Schools Partnership Programme had an opportunity to come together to meet one another and take workshops designed to share learning, teach new skills and build confidence through the arts.

The three Creative Schools Ambassador events were held at the end of March. Belfast Boys’ Model, Blessed Trinity College and Mercy College Belfast met at the Duncairn Arts Centre in North Belfast. Ashfield Girls’ High School and St Vincent’s Centre met at Linenhall Library in Belfast City Centre and St Joseph’s Boys’ High School and St Cecilia’s College met in Derry/Londonderry. The sessions were facilitated by a range of artists: Ayesha Mailey, a dancer with Echo Echo, Shena Kelly, a dancer with Du Dance, DJ Cahir Glen, filmmaker Graham Ginty, singer/songwriter Dan Ferguson and actors Jazzmin McClure, Christina Nelson and Rob Crawford.

New Stained Glass Window to Celebrate Diversity at Malone College

Year 9 and 10 students at Malone College worked with visual artist Kerrie Hanna to create a series of glass tiles which have been forged together to create a colourful bespoke stained glass window for the school.

Thanks to this special project, the group had the opportunity to step outside of their normal school activities to take part in specially devised drama and art sessions led by professional artists and focused on encouraging creative learning and improving student confidence. With 26 different languages spoken by students within the school, a primary focus of the project has been on celebrating cultural diversity and promoting inclusion.

A special exhibition to mark the project will take place on Wednesday 20th September, as part of Good Relations Week.

Celebrate Diversity: Aye Multicultural Fun Day 2023

This exciting event will include; foods of the world, BBQ, DJ Trevor, live music workshops, arts, gaming, African drumming, Henna tattoos and a bouncy Castle!

Join us this Saturday for our multicultural event, 1pm to 4pm at Marrowbone Community Hub, off Oldpark Road



MRANI AWARDS 2023 shortlist announced

Exciting Announcement !!!🌟

We are thrilled to unveil the shortlist for the FIRST MINORITIES RECOGNITION AWARDS IN Northern Ireland! 🎉✨

🏅 After an extensive evaluation of numerous exceptional nominations, we are proud to present a group of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to their communities.

🌍🌈 We extend our warmest congratulations to all the nominees for their outstanding achievements thus far. Each one of you has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to excellence and has become an inspiration for all.

We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to our esteemed panel of judges for their meticulous and thoughtful assessment, ensuring fairness and integrity in the selection process. Your expertise and dedication have made this  possible.
Susan Walker Christine White  Orla McKeating John Ferris ,Kate Nicholl  Eileen Chan-Hu 陳愛蓮 David Johnston (Chartered FCIPD) , Tarrin-Rae Graham  Lata Sharma
Thanks again for all your input!

The winners for each category will be announced at our upcoming gala event on the 7th of October 2023.

We invite all shortlisted, their families, friends, and supporters to join us in celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of these extraordinary individuals.
Get your tickets now with the link below.

Once again, congratulations to all the nominees!!!

Let’s extend our warmest congratulations to these incredible changemakers who have been shortlisted for the inaugural Minorities Recognition Awards in Northern! Their vision, dedication, and impact have truly set them apart. 🤝
Oyedamola Bolajoko, Angela Ifondja, Nisha Tandon OBE , Livingstone Thompson, PhD, Malina Virtejanu, abdul Rahman Alifrom Kainos  , Mina S.  S. from PwC  Gregory Asemota , James Ayo, Joseph ricketts, Lindsay Dube, Nicole Beta,  Sia Fayiah, Yetunde Shaw, Sanjay Ghosh, MCMI  Motaz Amer, Dr Onyinye Oketah, Kaydian Duly, Pragya Sharma , ArtsEkta
Malina Virtejanu, Jessica-Ruth Aful, Monika Milczarek , Lasa Restaurant,

We are eagerly looking forward to the grand Awards Night when we will gather to celebrate their achievements and recognize their outstanding endeavors.
Make sure to save the date because this will be an event to remember! 🎊


Mini Mela Ballynahinch

Choice Housing Ireland Ltd are working in partnership with Ballynahinch Community Collective and Artsekta to deliver an expression of cultural traditions with a mini Mela event in the town Square on Saturday 23rd September as part of Good Relations Week.

Medieval Viking Experience

60 Primary School children will experience the Interactive Medieval history Village in Ballydugan, Downpatrick. They have the opportunity to step back in time and learn about the dark Ages in Ireland.

The young people will see how to make and taste traditional foods from the era, visit the textile worker and the herbalist, try their hands at longbow archery and axe throwing as well as many more ancient crafts and skill.

Funding Clinics

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is hosting a funding clinic in Maghaberry Community Centre, on Wednesday 20th September from 7pm.

Local funding organisations and support agencies will be on hand to provide information on services and funding available to community and voluntary sector organisations.


Shared City, Shared History

Local secondary schools will explore the shared and sometimes divided history of the historic walled city by visiting the Siege Museum as well as the Museum of Free Derry.

Contact: for more information.

History of the Headstones

Local secondary schools will explore the shared and sometimes divided history of the historic walled city by visiting the Siege Museum as well as the Museum of Free Derry.

Indian Hindu Association

This event will showcase the culture and traditions of the Indian Community to a wider audience. The event will close with a Bollywood Movie for everyone to enjoy.